How and Why to Buy a Home in a Changing Market

Right now is a great time to buy a home or investment property. But there’s also a lot of misinformation being spread by the media. This report sets the record straight to help you avoid costly mistakes and make the most of today’s changing market conditions.

A Special Report Prepared by Realtor® Shantel Campbell Realty Group

Economic times have changed. The real estate marketplace has changed … and there’s a world of opportunity out there for home buyers and real estate investors looking to purchase property. But to truly make the most of your investment dollar, you need to know what to expect from this changing marketplace.

Many buyers have been fooled into believing that today’s market conditions will allow them to dictate the price and all conditions on any home they choose. How and Why to Buy a Home in a Buyer’s Market is here to set the record straight and help you establish realistic expectations in order to get the best property at the best price. In this report, you’ll learn:

When to buy in order to best capitalize on market conditions.

How to avoid the mistake of waiting for the “perfect price” only to miss out on a great home buying opportunity.

Why homesellers aren’t as desperate as the media makes them out to be.

The popular misconceptions about buying distressed property and why you most likely will not want to pursue this route.

Four keys to ensuring you make the most of your purchase, and more!

Dear Prospective Home Buyer:

Thank you for taking the time to read this report. I hope you find it valuable in helping you make the most of the current market conditions. My intent in creating this report was twofold – to help buyers get the best deal for their dollar, and also to help you avoid some of the costly mistakes buyers can make even in a changing market.

A changing market can be a great time to buy a home or investment property. Regardless of market conditions, real estate has traditionally been one of the best long-term investments people can make. Now as the market has slowed from its record pace we experienced over the last few years, buyers have even greater opportunities and more choices when searching for a home.

Are Your Expectations Realistic?

One thing I’ve noticed working in real estate, however, is that it’s easy to be overly influenced by news reports that tend to sensationalize market conditions in their pursuit of a juicy story. When you continue to hear that it’s a buyer’s market and the news focuses on mortgage woes and foreclosure rates, buyers often start getting unrealistic expectations concerning what they are going to be able to pay for a property. Buyers sometimes also fear that the market will change in a negative direction, so they try to second guess what will happen in the marketplace and take a wait and see approach.

My goal in this report is to help you overcome those fears and to help you set realistic expectations to best capitalize on the advantageous market conditions we’re experiencing.

Where Is the Market Headed? What Is Going to Happen?

The big question on many buyers’ minds right now is, “Should I buy now or should I wait and see if the market will take a negative direction?”

The problem is that no one can predict exactly what the market will do. What I want to do in this report is arm you with the information you need so you can make the best decision for your individual goals.

The reality of the situation is that prices are moderate in the grand scheme of things. Even though we’re in a buyer’s market, due to interest rates remaining stable and near all-time lows, prices are not going to drop dramatically like we’ve seen in the real estate recessions of the past.

None of the experts can quite agree where the market will go. Like any market economy, real estate tends to rise and fall on a cyclical basis, with the rises usually outperforming the declines. This is why owning real estate is often such a wise long-term investment.

So Should I Buy Now?

Let’s say you decide to buy a property today. Even if prices soften, at some point in the next couple of years, prices will begin to rise again.

Once prices begin to rise, you will have fewer choices, less opportunity and you will pay more for a property. That’s why I believe you’re definitely better off buying now rather than trying to wait for that one perfect moment. Many a hesitant buyer has missed out on great opportunities by trying too hard to pinpoint the exact “bottom out” moment in market-based investments.

These factors are especially true for those buying their first home today. The pride of home ownership and the investment in building for your future far outweigh any negative implications from prices continuing to slide a few percentage points.

You’re Not Going to “Steal” A House

During a buyer’s market, I always tend to get a few calls from excited buyers who have been watching too much TV/ social media news and are convinced they’re going to find an extraordinary deal.

Foreclosure rates may be up in certain pockets of the country, but buying distressed property is an entirely different investment game than looking to buy a home for you and your family at a good price. Foreclosures frequently require lots of clean-up and improvements, which is why most of them don’t turn into extraordinary investments.

The truth is that most sellers today are not desperate to sell immediately. When buyers come into a transaction with a perception that they are going to be able to present a lowball offer and buy a house at a “steal,” they only end up alienating themselves and insulting the sellers.

Here’s the Good News!!

Now that we’ve overcome some of the misconceptions regarding buying in a buyer’s market, we can begin making strides toward finding the best deal for your needs. I believe there are four distinct keys to ensuring you make the most of your purchase.

1. SELL YOUR HOUSE FIRST If you currently own a house that you will need to sell in order to buy a new home, sell it first. The best way to make the most of the buyer’s market is to rid yourself of any contingencies that could prevent you from acting quickly. When you have already sold your house and prepared your finances (getting pre-approved), you can be more decisive throughout the home-buying process.

The more you can prepare yourself to act quickly when exposed to an opportunity, the better off you’re going to be. Many buyers are still hedging their bets and trying to decipher whether or not to buy. In a couple years those people will probably be in the same place they are now, wishing they had purchased when the opportunity presented itself.

2. DON’T MAKE LOWBALL OFFERS Once you find a property you are interested in purchasing, you then must develop an offer to present to the seller. The mistake many buyers make is they say to themselves, “What can it hurt to offer a lowball off of the asking price?” Well, it hurts your relationship with the seller, for one thing. Remember, just because the market has shifted doesn’t mean that sellers are desperate.

This avoids the risk of angering the seller, which would prevent them from making a reasonable counteroffer that might lead to a mutually beneficial negotiation.

3. IF BUYING DISTRESSED/ FORCLOSURE PROPERTY, KNOW YOUR STUFF If you are still interested in pursuing buying a foreclosure, make sure you thoroughly understand everything involved before you get started. Lack of information can dig you a deep hole and waste your time and energy.

4. FIND A GOOD ALLY The best way to ensure you see all the opportunities and get the best guidance throughout the process of buying a home is to develop a strong relationship with a real estate professional who can keep you abreast of what’s happening and find properties that fit your preferences.

Your objective is to find an agent with whom you can be open and honest. Then, tell them your goals and speak freely to ensure you are both on the same page before you embark on the home search journey.

In a challenging or changing market, it’s easier to identify the best agents. Many part-time and inexperienced agents tend to stop marketing during a slower market. You want a highly visible agent who is committed to the industry and knowledgeable on current market trends. You can begin your  search based on the quality of their marketing materials. Check out their web site and other related web sites and social media sites.

Make Your Move

By following these four steps, you’re well on your way to taking advantage of some of the best market conditions in years when it comes to buying a home. Be very clear about what type of home features and location you really want.

This is where a buyer qualification of buyer needs and wants comes in very useful. It will help you to identify your objectives and the features that are very important to you.

Once you are clear about it, get in the ready position to buy whether it’s the first house or the 20th house that you see. When you feel it’s right, make a reasonable offer. Then you will enjoy being in your home, and the pride that comes with owning your own home. Know that even if there is a slight dip in property values in the first year you buy it, that within three years your home is very likely to be worth more then than it is now, and you will be better off and happier than if you had been renting all those years.

Real estate is in a changing market. It can be a great time to buy. Savvy buyers can be in the driver’s seat and find a home at a great value. The funny thing that I have noticed over the years is that most buyers have a hard time buying in a changing market. Their fear is a result of the negative press that always accompanies a changing market – the repeated negativity makes them hesitate. They often decide to take a “wait and see” attitude. Time goes by and they keep waiting to see where the market is going.

The problem is that there comes a subtle shift in the market when buyers have fewer choices and less negotiating power and end up losing out on home after home because they keep thinking like it’s more of a “buyer’s” market. By the time they accept the actual reality of the market, it can switch to more of a seller’s market and they end up settling for less and paying more. The great investor Warren Buffet says the reason most people never become wealthy is that they can’t seem to break out of the herd mentality and buy in a changing market, even when a changing market is the best time to buy.

I believe that if you follow the advice in this special report, you can move forward and buy a home confident that you are making a good decision.

Count on Me

I’d love to assist you in your journey however possible. I invite you to give me a call so we can set up time to talk and begin the process of helping you find the perfect property for your needs.

I hope you found this report valuable, and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Notes I would love your feedback about this report. Was it helpful? Was it interesting to read? Did you hate it? If you have any suggestions – good, bad or indifferent – please leave me a message at 403-396-0721, or email me at shantelcampbell@royallepage.ca. Your feedback is very important to me!